The official San Francisco Beer Week is over. For locals, though, Beer Week never really ends.
This past Friday, I went to Columbus Cafe in North Beach to talk to the guys from Pine Street Brewery, the newest member of the San Francisco Brewers Guild. They were holding another release party for their Atom Splitter pale ale. This week I'll be heading to a certain unnamed bar for a Younger event. While the official Beer Week events are over, beer celebrations simply don't cease to exist in this city.
Whether you're a beer geek, became interested in beer during Beer Week, or are thinking about exploring beer culture, there are beer events happening in this area year round. Just because Beer Week is over doesn't mean you have to wait a year to drink great craft beer. Far from it.
We happen to live in a breeding ground of great craft breweries. Being able to go to a bar and enjoy the crafts of Pine Street, Speakeasy, Anchor and Almanac is no small thing.
Here are some thoughts on what you can do to partake in SF Beer Year.
- Go to a "Meet the Brewers" event held by the Brewers Guild (the next one is 3/20 at Southern Pacific).
- Go visit one of the many nearby breweries. There are many to list, and keep in mind that Speakeasy just built a new tap room.
- Drive up to Santa Rosa for some Russian River goodness.
- Hit 21st Amendment before (and/or after) a Giants game.
Want events like beer releases, themed months, or other celebrations? Check back here. I try to keep my finger on the pulse of the SF craft beer culture. If I miss something, feel free to let me know.
Beer of the moment: Pine Street's Atom Splitter